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Joseph Edward Becker (June 25, 1908 – January 11, 1998) was a catcher in Major League Baseball who played in 40 games for the Cleveland Indians in 1936–37. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

Joe Becker
Joe Becker (coach) - St. Louis Cardinals - 1965.jpg
Becker in 1965
Catcher
Born: (1908-06-25)June 25, 1908
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: January 11, 1998(1998-01-11) (aged 89)
Sunset Hills, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 10, 1936, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 14, 1937, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average.241
Home run1
Runs scored8
Teams
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Becker started his professional career in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, and played for various clubs between 1930 and 1933. After not playing in 1934, he spent 1935 with the San Francisco Seals. He was then picked up by the Cleveland Indians, and played for them for two seasons. In his major league career, he played in 40 games and had a .241 batting average.

Becker (left) swaps hats with Toronto Maple Leafs owner Jack Kent Cooke. Becker managed the Leafs of the Triple-A International League in 1951–52.

After serving in the Navy during World War II he managed in the minors from 1946–54, including stints with the Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs, Jersey City Giants and Charleston Senators.

Between 1955 and 1970, Becker was a pitching coach in the National League for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (1955–64), St. Louis Cardinals (1965–66) and Chicago Cubs (1967–70). A member of the relatively small fraternity of former catchers who became celebrated throughout baseball as pitching coaches (which included men such as Ray Berres, Dave Duncan, Rube Walker and Mike Roarke), Becker worked for four NL championship Dodger clubs, including the 1955, 1959 and 1963 world champions. His coaching career ended in August 1970, when Becker was felled by a heart ailment while in uniform for the Cubs at Wrigley Field, forcing his retirement at age 62.[1]

Becker survived his 1970 illness, and died at age 89 in Sunset Hills, Missouri.

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Preceded by
Ted Lyons
Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach
1955–1964
Succeeded by
Lefty Phillips
Preceded by
Howie Pollet
St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach
1965–1966
Succeeded by
Billy Muffett
Preceded by
Freddie Fitzsimmons
Chicago Cubs pitching coach
1967–1970
Succeeded by
Herman Franks